Activity Callout: Being Human Festival (Deadline: March 20)

BEING HUMAN FESTIVAL 2017 (17-25 November 2017)

The call for participation in Being Human 2017 is now open.  The application form can be found at

Being Human is the UK’s only national festival of the humanities. Held in November, the festival brings together universities, Independent Research Organisations (IRO) and community and commercial partners to stage activities that make leading research in the humanities accessible to non-academic audiences. The festival is a celebration of the humanities, highlighting research in this area in fun, hands-on, immersive ways to demonstrate its relevance to our everyday lives.

The theme for the 2017 national Being Human festival is ‘Lost and Found’. Applicants are invited to respond creatively and in ways that probe the rich intellectual possibilities of the theme. Possible areas of inquiry include (but are certainly not limited to):

  • Exploration and discovery (in fact and fiction)
  • Lost and found ideas, doctrines, emotions
  • Lost and found cities and civilisations
  • Lost and found languages and cultures
  • Lost and found heritage, histories, artefacts
  • Lost and found identities
  • Lost and found spaces
  • Maps, labyrinths, mazes

There are three ways to participate:

  • Small Award up to a maximum value of £2,000.  There is no demand management this year, however it is noted that multiple funding applications from the same institution are less likely to be successful.  Applications seeking additional funding to underwrite an already planned activity are also unlikely to be successful. Match funding or in-kind contributions to defray the costs will also be looked on favourably.

Deadline Monday 10th April 2017 (5 pm)

 Hub Award up to a maximum value of £5,000.  Hub HEIs will be required to commit support by means of additional funding and in-kind support, to at least match the value of the sum awarded.  Hubs are expected to play a proactive role in raising the national profile of the festival and may be asked to take part in national campaigns and collaborative projects to help promote the festival.

Deadline Monday 10th April 2017 (5 pm)

 Unfunded activities can be proposed for inclusion in the online and print programmes and will be promoted by the festival.

Deadline Monday 13th June 2017 (5 pm)

Please let Sheena Robertson know of any intended applications by 5 pm on Monday 20th March 2017.  There is no institutional selection however we need to ensure that any multiple requests for Small Awards are distinctive and complementary, and that we co-ordinate any interest in a Hub Award.

Sheena Robertson
Research Support Partner, College of Arts and Law
Room 354 Arts building, College of Arts and Law
University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TT
Tel: 0121 414 7173



PechaKucha [March 13]: Speakers Wanted

PechaKucha is an international presentation evening where speakers have just 20 slides and 20 seconds per slide to get their points across. The format is designed so that people can share stories, ideas, research and/or opinions in a fun, informal setting. The rapid-fire format means you encounter a varied array of and outlooks and never know exactly what’s up next.

For Arts & Science Festival 2017, we have teamed up with PechaKucha Birmingham and will be hosting a PechaKucha night on Monday 13th March at Cherry Reds in Birmingham City Centre.

Given the festival theme this year, the presentations will all have a land and/or water focus.

If you’re interested in being a speaker at this event or would like more information, please contact the event organiser Ben Waddington:

Community Day: June 11th, 2017

The UoB ‘Community Festival’ takes place on June 11th 2017.  The Festivals team are looking for contributions from the Schools to showcase to community visitors research we do.  The format of what was previously called ‘Community Day’ has changed slightly. Now called a Festival, it will feature a main stage plus lots of areas for talks, demonstrations and presentations.

The team is looking for activities that fit with the theme of ‘a passport around the nations’. If you think you could provide something it would be great to hear from you. The Community Festival activity proposal form can be found here

Please return these to Elly Quaintance

The Royal Society: Summer Science Exhibition 2017


This is your opportunity to be part of next year’s Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition, happening in London 3 – 9 July 2017.

Showcase your research and technology to over 13,000 visitors in a diverse celebration of the UK’s best science. The Royal Society help you every step of the way, providing planning expertise, training in public engagement, and resources you can take back to your team.

The Royal Society wants to hear from any researchers based in the UK. Submit your proposal before Monday 26 September 2016. UoB researchers are encouraged to let Public Engagement with Research Committee know if they are applying to be involved at the festival.

Find out more

Free Workshop: Fun Palaces & Wellcome host event for you to find out more

Culture belongs to us all! Find out how anyone, anywhere can make a Fun Palace, where everyone is an artist and everyone a scientist. Change the world with radical fun.

A Fun Palace is a free, local event using arts and science to celebrate each unique community and the skills and interests of those who live there.


 Invite you to a free workshop to find out how anyone, anywhere can make a Fun Palace.

 Last year there were 142 Fun Palaces across the country with 2079 people involved in making them and over 50,000 people participating. People gathered to make and share arts, sciences, learning, games and have FUN – this workshop is your chance to find out how to get involved. You don’t need to be an expert in anything to make a Fun Palace – you just need to want to make something happen (however tiny) with and for the people that live around you.

Loved meeting so many other creatives within our area and realising that we can do whatever we want – the world’s our oyster!!” 

2015 workshop participant

Are you intrigued to find out more, interested to meet other people who might want to get involved; got some ideas you would like to share, some questions about how it works?  Then come along to this conversation event and see what you think. You can find out more on our website: Or watch this video to find out what happened at Fun Palaces 2015:

Any questions? Prefer to book by phone? Need help with access or travel costs? Get in touch. E-mail or ring 0208 692 4446 ext. 203 and leave a message

Date and Time: 10th May, 5 – 7:30pm (children welcome)

Where: Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Centenary Square, Broad Street,  B1 2EP

Free, but please book your place here as space is limited:

Fun Palace Workshop Brum 2

Being Human festival – UoB callout now open (Deadline April 11th, 10am)

Dear all,
Being Human, the UK’s only national festival of the humanities, returns between 17th and 25th November 2016 with a programme of activities themed around ‘Hope and Fear’.  Areas of inquiry include (but are not limited to):
·        Aging, health and wellbeing
·        Climate change and the environment
·        Endangered or new languages
·        Human rights
·        Human migration/population changes
·        New technologies
·        Terrorism and radicalisation
·        Urbanism (past and present), Smart Cities
·        Utopias and dystopias (cultural, social, political)
The University of Birmingham will be centrally coordinating its submission into this year’s programme by bidding to be a ‘Festival Hub’. This requires a minimum of five and a maximum of ten events to take place as part of a thematically cohesive programme.
A callout is now open for expressions of interest from UoB academics or postgraduates interested in delivering an event within the UoB Festival Hub whose programme will be submitted for consideration from Being Human.  The Expression of Interest form can be downloaded here and call details are here;  the internal deadline is Monday 11th April at 10 am and EOIs should be returned to
If you have any questions, please contact Public Engagement with Research Officer, Caroline Gillett:

Connected Communities Festival 2016: Expressions of Interest to Contribute


Taking inspiration from the 500th anniversary of the publication in 1516 in Latin of Thomas More’s Utopia, as well as a Connected Communities/ Care for the Future Symposium on ‘Utopias, Futures and Temporalities: Critical Considerations for Social Change’ held in May 2015, the 2016 Connected Communities Research Festival will have a central theme of Community Futures and Utopias.

Expressions of Interest (EOIs) are now invited to contribute to the Festival which will run from February 2016 through to June 2016, culminating in a major weekend-long Utopia Fair at Somerset House on 24th-26th June [DEADLINE for EOIs is 16/12/2016]. This call for EOIs will support participatory arts research and research co-production activities through two main strands of the 2016 Festival:

Being Human Festival: the UK’s first national festival of the humanities

Being Human is the UK’s first national festival of the humanities.

Between 15 and 23 November 2014, the festival will engage people across the UK with innovative research.

The festival will highlight the ways in which humanities research can:

  • inspire and enrich our everyday lives
  • help us to understand ourselves, our relationships with others, and the challenges we face in a changing world
  • provide world class knowledge that is vibrant, vital, and accessible to all

Over 35 research institutions from across the UK are set to participate in the 2014 festival, including researchers at the University of Birmingham.

For a list of local (West Midlands) free events visit THIS PAGE.